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Aesthetics in Dialogue

Applying Philosophy of Art in a Global World

Edited By Zoltan Somhegyi and Max Ryynänen

The impact of aesthetics is increasing again. For today’s scholars, aesthetic theories are a significant companion and contribution in studying and ana-lysing cultural phenomena and production. Today’s scene of aesthetics is more global than what it is in most disciplines, as it does not just include scholars from all over the world, but also keeps on applying philosophical traditions globally
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5 Archipelagal Thinking: The Geofilosofia of Massimo Cacciari (Tyrus Miller)


Tyrus Miller

AbstractIn the mid-1990s, the philosopher and political activist Massimo Cacciari developed a left-wing vision of Italian and European federalism drawing upon his experience as mayor of Venice, a municipality at the juncture of land and sea and dispersed among separate but interconnected islands. This paper explores the epistemological, political, and aesthetic foundations of Cacciari’s geophilosophy, first with reference to two other moments of Cacciari’s development as a philosopher: his reflections, under the influence of the Venice School architectural historian Manfredo Tafuri, on the implications of modern architecture and the culture of the modern metropolis; and his artistic collaborations with the composer Luigi Nono, who combined a powerful commitment to emancipation with an uncompromising exploration of new musical compositional techniques and materials. In his key works of geophilosophy, Geofilosofia dell’Europa (1994) and L’arcipelago (1997), in a move that both repeats and displaces Martin Heidegger’s proto-geophilosophy, which “thinks” through such spaces of poetic dwelling as the Black Forest and Hölderlin’s Rhine and Ister (Danube) rivers, Cacciari projects the Venetian archipelago, distributed across canals and lagoons and connected with other spaces through a maritime network of trade going back to the Middle Ages, as the matrix of a new “Greece”: not only as a political and social model, but also as an ontological and epistemological paradigm.

Keywords: geofilosofia, geophilosophy, Venice, Massimo Cacciari, Manfredo Tafuri, Luigi Nono

From the august heritage of Plato’s philosopher-kings, ruling over the polis, the philosopher and long-standing political activist Massimo...

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